Learn to use PlantGDB, the primary resource for plant comparative genomics. PlantGDB contains transcript assemblies for over 100 plant species. For those species with sequenced genomes PlantGDB provides tools which allow for easy viewing and evaluation of transcript and protein alignments. PlantGDB also contains tools useful in identifying and comparing sequences across many plant species quickly and efficiently.

You will learn:

  • to perform quick searches and navigate sequence pages
  • to conduct BLAST searches across several plant species of your choice
  • to create exon/intron gene predictions and sequence alignments
  • to construct tables displaying highly varied information from many datasets


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Plant resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

GBrowse: GBrowse User Introductory Tutorial

Ensembl Legacy: Older version of Ensembl Genome Browser

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes

World Tour of Genomics Resources: A World Tour of Genome Resources for finding and learning the right resource for your needs.


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


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